Hang ten: Become one with the ocean with this algae-based surfboard

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Would you surf algae? Not in it, on it. A team of scientists and surfboard makers in California claim to have created the world’s first sustainable surfboard made from algae. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego partnered with the leading polyurethane surfboard manufacturer Arctic Foam and determined a way to turn algae oil into the polyurethane foam core that comprises a surfboard. Foam cores for most surfboards currently come from petroleum.

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Sneak a peek inside the Whitney Museum's new High Line-hugging building by Renzo Piano

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Pratt's Open Sewer Mapping Project helps New Yorkers understand the city's sewer problems

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Flooding and sewage overflow has been a hot button issue in New York City since Hurricane Sandy, inciting public and private programs to create new systems to help prevent future disasters. To address these concerns, a group of students and faculty at Pratt Institute has created the Open Sewer Mapping Project - an interactive map of New York’s sewer system that creates transparency and allows citizens and community groups to better understand its inner workings and problem areas. Supported by the Taconic Fellowship program, the data visualization effectively illustrates some of the sewage system’s most deficient areas in Newtown Creek, Tallman Island, Hunts Point, Jamaica Bay and Red Hook.

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What if roads could be certified as 'green' just like buildings?

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With over four million miles of roads cris-crossing the nation, and as much as 32,000 miles of new roads being added annually, it would be wonderful if we could make these roads a little greener. Just as the building industry has undergone its own evolution in the last few decades, making buildings greener, more energy-efficient and eco-friendly overall, Greenroads is a rating system dedicated to certifying roads that are built “greener,” similar to LEED certification for buildings. But just what is a greener road?

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Bottled by Ambientec are cordless lamps that look like glowing wine bottles

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Bottled lamps by Ambientec are cordless LED lamps made with glass and aluminum that look like radiant bottles of wine. The innovative design can fit into any décor, whether it’s an outdoor picnic table or your nightstand. The design is shaped like a familiar wine bottle, and since it is waterproof and works for up to 24 hours without charging, it is totally versatile. But what really sets this lamp apart is its design, with gorgeous curves and an ethereal glow that lights up the room.

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Obama leans on farmers to aid in the fight against climate change

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When we think about climate change and sources of pollution, fossil fuels and dirty industries are the culprits that usually dominate the conversation. Agriculture, though, contributes substantially to global warming as well. The Obama Administration opted for the day after Earth Day to launch a series of ten voluntary initiatives aimed at American farmers, in an effort to support more sustainable and environmentally friendly methods of crop production. Will it work?

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Learn what really happens to the plastic you throw away

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Recycled and upcycled plastic bottle designs are among Inhabitat’s favorite featured topics, but have you ever wondered what happens to the billions of plastic bottles that don’t make it to the recycling bin? Emma Bryce and animator Sharon Colman explain what happens to plastic thrown away in this short TED-Ed video that traces the life cycles of three different plastic bottles. Watch the clip to learn why proper plastics disposal is so important and how negligence to do so can pose serious threats to the environment and human health.

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Vintage teardrop trailer meets handcrafted steampunk design

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Favilla's installation titled "To Every Light, a Voice" illuminates Milan

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“FAVILLA. To every light a voice”described as a kaleidoscope in the heart of Milan, is an installation event designed to celebrate 2015—proclaimed the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies by UNESCO. Designed by Attilio Stocchi, it explores the intrinsic meaning of light through a three-dimensional story of senses and emotions enclosed in a Geode, a suggestive black box placed in Milan’s Piazza San Fedele under the protection of the statue of the famous poet Alessandro Manzoni, whose recorded voice narrates the installation’s story.

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Gorgeous dune-inspired home uses bio-fuel to minimize its carbon footprint

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Modern Cliff House overlooks stunning seaside views on Scotland’s Isle of Skye

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19th-Century fort with tower turned into charming guesthouse in Greece

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INTERVIEW: Model Summer Rayne Oakes On Transforming Her Brooklyn Apartment into a Greenhouse with 200+ Plants!

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Some people collect stamps, other people collect cats. Summer Rayne Oakes collects plants – in a big way! The Brooklyn-based model/activist/botanist has transformed her apartment into a veritable greenhouse filled with over 200 living specimens (it sort of resembles the page in Where the Wild Things Are where Max’s room turns into a forest). Check out our gallery for a glimpse inside Summer’s abode, and find out how she got started creating her cool, new vertical garden.

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Livin Out is brilliantly-colored, flexible furniture that fits in any space

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Brazilian designer Diego Waltrick wanted to create furniture that could serve any function in any living area. By looking at design in a new way, he decided that furniture doesn’t have to be tied to any particular room or style, but to the experience that it can provide.  The result is Livin Out, a collection of pieces inspired by the colors and joy of Brazil. The collection includes five pieces: a chaise longue called Holly, a chaise named Serena, Up the rocking chair, Anakin the stool and a side table/ottoman called Bill. Each piece has seductive, elegant lines and is ergonomically-shaped. They can fit into any space and are durable enough to stand up to the elements while being flexible enough to suit a variety of uses.

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Minimalist steel cabin floats above a rugged slope in Quebec

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Kreoo's whimsical, sculptural seating draws inspiration from rivers and streams

Kreoo's whimsical, sculptural seating draws inspiration from rivers…

Made of marble, larch wood, and cork, KREOO's "River and Stream" series of seating pieces evoke the soft beauty found in river stones. Ideal for either indoor or outdoor use, these…

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Australian Pavilion will become a pool for 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale

Australian Pavilion will become a pool for 2016 Venice Architecture…

What better way to show off the history of the swimming pool and the impact it has had on Australian society, then to turn Denton Corker Marshall’s recently finished Venice Biennale…

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“The Rumbles” 3D-printed lamps by Studio Meraldi Rubini

“The Rumbles” 3D-printed lamps by Studio Meraldi Rubini

When some years ago the whole world started to talk about a newly invented 3d-printing technology, no one actually knew what exactly and how soon it will bring us the first results that…

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MIT genius team can measure how fast a technology is emerging

MIT genius team can measure how fast a technology is emerging

Just how much is technology improving? It’s a hard question to answer. But MIT researchers may have just come up with a way to calculate the rate of technology improvement based on…

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DIY: Make garden faerie houses, pixie towers, and toad homes from reclaimed materials

DIY: Make garden faerie houses, pixie towers, and toad homes from…

What You'll Need: Sketch pad or blank paper Pencil Base structure (empty plastic drink bottles work well, as do aluminum cans) Cutting implements (scissors for plastic, metal…

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